In his latest white paper, commissioned by Kinnarps, Dr Rob Stuthridge, PhD, CPE argues that modern office design is creating ‘strangers in the office’.
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As we move out of the economic downturn Rob Stuthridge argues that offices will need to accommodate rapidly changing personal and technological demands. Failure to do this will result in poor organisational performance, reduced staff morale and difficulty recruiting the best workers.
He proposes a root and branch process to effect the necessary realignment of organisation and staff goals. Currently, employees may be considered ‘strangers in the office’ because the traditional workplace neither recognises nor fulfils their potential.
Dr Stuthridge maintains that “innovative workplaces” should be designed with several key criteria in mind:
• Create a person-centred, not a process-centred environment
• Allow for novel communication technologies and behaviours;
• Fully engage people within a dynamic, supportive, horizontal organisational model.
The good news is that changing the physical design of the workplace to cope with unpredictable business challenges is relatively straightforward.
He concludes that the innovative organisation readily adapts to uncertainty in the market by anticipating unknown technologies and by harnessing its most innovative assets—its people—to greatest effect.
If you are responsible for people, the spaces they work in or the organisational structures they must adhere to, you will find this Kinnarps white paper a fascinating glimpse into the challenges and opportunities for future workplace design.
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